13 spooky facts about Halloween!Interesting | Halloween | People | Trick Or Treat
It is believed that many Halloween traditions originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival called Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
Halloween or Hallowe'en, also know as Allhalloween or All Saints' Eve, is celebrated in many different countries on the 31 October.
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13 spooky yet interesting facts about Halloween:
- Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
- The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.
- The first jack-o'-lanterns were made from Turnips.
- The worlds fastest Pumpkin carver is Stephen Clark.
- When it comes to Witches, this word actually originates from the Old English word Wicce, which meant 'wise women'.
- The movie Halloween, which was filmed in 1978, had such a low budget, they used the cheapest mask they could find which was a Captain Kirk Death Mask from Star Trek.
- Owls were thought to be witches in Medieval Europe.
- Pumpkins are typically orange but can be green, yellow, white, red and tan.
- The world's largest pumpkin weighs an astounding 2,528 pounds, that's 1146kg!
- The correct spelling of Halloween is actually Hallowe'en.
- It is believed that Halloween traditions began in the year 4,000 B.C., which means that humans have been celebrating Halloween for over 6,000 years.
- At least 5,000 people participate in the biggest Halloween parade in New York City, and more than two million people gather to witness the celebration. Village Halloween Parade, the name that is given to this event.
- Halloween is more Irish than St. Patrick's Day.